Finally the sun came out over the Easter weekend, albeit on the last day. This bought out the first spring flowers out, and with them the insects.
I took out my Canon 650D with Canon MPE-65mm and the MK-X diffuser setup, over high wood near Bradbury rings in search of what was out.
It always takes some getting used to again when approaching the flying subjects, so I was pleased to find this Cranefly, settled under a leaf and not fly off like the first few attempts at getting a fly did.
Firstly at just over 1:1 Magnification.
And it then allowed me to get in closer to it.
Next up were some pollen beetles taken at about 3x magnification. The ones with an yellow background have a yellow card placed behind them.
This first and last of these are slightly cropped.
As well as an abundance of pollen beetles on the flowers, there were also a lot of Beeflies about. I was able to photograph this one on a log @1:1 Magnification. I almost had it in a slightly better position with more of the legs / body in shot and a hopeful stack, when it flew off just before I pressed the shutter button.
Finally whilst hunting for a beefly nectaring on Primroses, I saw a weevil in amongst there leaves. I took this head shot portrait of it @3x Magnification, which was enough for it to wander off. I guess it was a little camera shy, as they can stay around for a few shots normally.
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